Coconut Oil Does In Fact Improve Memory
Here Are The Findings
Results are coming in proving that coconut oil does improve memory, and it reduces memory loss. Mary T. Newport talks about it in her book, "Alzheimer's Disease: What If There Was a Cure?". Her book is available to read if you would like so I won't go into lengthy details, but basically her husband had Alzheimer's, and medication was not helping. In fact he was getting worse. He was too far gone to qualify for trial medications as well, so Mary began doing some research and decided to try giving him coconut oil. The results were immediate and showed dramatic memory improvement as well as improvement in his functionality.
A study in 2004 regarding the effects of coconut oil given to senior citizens was published in the journal of Neurobiology of Aging. In this test, subjects were fed either a placebo or coconut oil randomly. Some seniors in the group had Alzheimer's while others did not. Of the ones that did, many showed an improved score on the Alzheimer's cognitive rating scale. In addition to this, ALL of the subjects showed an immediate improvement on a paragraph-recall memory test after taking the coconut oil as opposed to the placebo. People are seeing that coconut oil really does improve memory!
It is important to note that not all results are the exact same. There is no "cure all" that works for every single person. That being said, the overwhelming response has been positive. There is testimonial after testimonial out there proclaiming the significant improvements seen when taking coconut oil regularly. As with most things related to your heath and diet, studies are also showing that the sooner you make a change, the better the results will typically be.
How Does It Work?
First you have to understand how the body processes the things we consume. Everything you eat is either turned into energy, fat (to be used as energy later if needed), or waste. As you get older, your brain begins losing some of its ability to turn the glucose in your system into energy. Just like your muscles need energy to keep you strong and active, and your immune system needs energy to fight off sickness and disease; your brain needs energy to process and to recall things.
As the brain loses the ability to absorb glucose and convert it to energy, you begin to lose some of your abilities such as memory. What science is now figuring out is that ketones can still be absorbed by the brain and used as an energy substitute. The more pure the ketone is, the better the results should be (to a point). Coconuts are about 60% pure, and thus coconut oil is absorbed more easily, and more quickly by the brain and converted directly into energy. This is why the results are almost immediate. Your brain is getting an instant fuel boost.
You should be aware that the improved memory most people get from using coconut oil typically lasts about eight hours. Just like your body begins to lose the energy you receive from eating after about eight hours, your brain will need to be replenished too; therefore we recommend that you take 2-3 doses spaced throughout the day. The amounts should be small to start, approximately 1 tablespoon twice per day. You can gradually build up to higher doses, though you probably won't want to get much above a total daily amount of around 6-8 tablespoons per day. Too much coconut oil can cause problems such as diarrhea, so you will want to give your body time to become acclimated.
It is best to use the oil with foods that are high in protein in fiber. Not only will these types of foods help your brain and body to better absorb the needed nutrients, it is also more natural since the oil is typically contained in the coconut meat. This might make you wonder if it would be better to just eat coconut by itself. The problem is, you'd have to eat an awful lot of coconut to get the same cognitive results that a tablespoon of pure oil will give you.
When selecting a coconut oil, you want to make sure it is pure. Virgin coconut oil is the least processed and so should give the best results. In addition to this, a virgin oil will contain a higher amount of antioxidants and potentially other nutrients as well.
What Other Conditions does Coconut Oil Improve?
Brain Disease, Heart Disease, Thyroid Disease, Immune Function, Cancer, HIV, Obesity
Coconut Oil Dosage Information for Memory Loss
- Search for “Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil” (will be in a solid form unless in a warm environment).
- Throw out all other oils except for extra virgin olive oil. Keep it around for low-heat cooking.
- Replace your usual fats (butter, margarine, oils) with coconut oil, and add 2 extra teaspoons in the morning.
- Gradually increase your dosage (weekly, or bi-weekly) for a total of 4 or 5 tablespoons daily is tolerated without loose stools.
Coconut oil provides many positive health benefits for people of all ages, and types. If you are suffering from memory loss, you may want to consider adding coconut oil to your diet. Even in the most severe conditions, coconut oil has been proven to reverse memory loss from all different types of dementia.